Hey hey hey- it’s time for Tuesdays on the Run again.
We’re going to talk about the first step to running your race: picking up your bib and visiting the expo.
Tuesdays on the Run this week: Expo Purchases. What’s on your shopping list? Or are you in and out?
I’ve got particular expo habits. This makes sense because I go to very specific types of expos: runDisney expos.
Sure, I run one or two non-Disney races a year and visit those expos. But I do the full Chevy Chase on those stops.
I’m in. I’m out. I’ve got the bib, and I’m moving on to other things.
If I’m going to buy #alltherunnerthings, I usually do it online and use them in training before a race. I’m a believer in the “never try something new before a race” rule which is why I don’t tend to shop much at expos.
When I’m at a runDisney expo, I alter course just a bit but I’m still a breeze through type of expoer.
Official Race Merchandise: Again with the window shopping for me. I’ve tempered my shopping habits. I use to feel the need for official finisher shirts and jackets and pins and OH MY one of everything; now I’m pretty cool with the finisher race shirts we get for signing up. But I do like to look… just in case!
New Balance shoes: if they are new, they must be checked out. I haven’t been totally in love with any since the very first ones, but they are always worth checking out.
Photo Booths: runDisney has some epic photo options! I love how creative they have become with the expo pictures.
And of course, that they are FREE.
New Medals: Thanks to crappy people everywhere, we can’t touch and hold them like we once could. At Avengers, the new medals were in lock down under glass.
Really, people? This is why we can’t have nice things.
But I always stop and look at the next ones I might earn, dreaming of those magical miles.
How do you do expos? Are you in and out or do you linger over all the booths?
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Patty Holliday has been running Disney since 2011. She knows just about every tip, trick, and hack there is to cover the runDisney Magical Miles at Disney World and Disneyland. She knows every mile isn’t *always* magical- but with training, tips, and a little bit of pixie dust, they can be a lot of fun! You can also find her at noguiltlife.com and noguiltfangirl.com